Time To Scrap Religious Studies In Schools Says UWI Lecturer

Cut out the religious mumbo jumbo! That’s the call of University of the West Indies (UWI) Political Scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph who says it’s time to end to religious teachings and introduce a fully secular curriculum in Barbados’ schools.

He articulated the position during a session of the Barbados Senior Parliament held at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus yesterday. In making his contribution to the topic ‘Should Home Schooling Be Continued in Barbados?’ Joseph expressed the view that a universally accepted secular curriculum would eradicate any conflicts which may exist for non-Christian members of this island’s increasingly diverse society.

“The easiest way to make it [the education system] become what you want it to become is to have something called a secular education curriculum. This is universal,” Joseph said, explaining that “if you say one plus one equals two, whether you are Rastafari, whether you are Muslim or whether you are a Jew, you can teach my children one plus one equals two.

“But do not tell them about virgin births, which is a biological impossibility,” Joseph said, in an obvious reference to the Biblical account of Jesus being born to a virgin.

He argued that the rest of the world had moved away from religious-based education, while telling the authorities: “Don’t come with your packaged doctrines and say that is part of the curriculum and that a child cannot learn the secular things without it being packaged in religious clothing.”

While advocating homeschooling as a viable alternative for those with diverging beliefs, Joseph warned that the current religious-based system was failing already disenfranchised classes of society.

Adopted From Caribbean 360

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